Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Nixon Plans to Be a Big Noise

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Nixon Plans to Be a Big Noise

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Byline: Cricket

England are banking on their chief sledger unsettling New Zealand in the crucial Commonwealth Bank series clash at the Adelaide Oval tomorrow.

Wicketkeeper Paul Nixon, 36, nicknamed The Badger - "because I'm mad for it," he says - is scheduled to continue his barking of encouragement to team-mates and verbal challenge to the opposition with a fourth cap.

Nixon said: "As a wicketkeeper you are the heartbeat of a team, and a wicketkeeper's energy sets the standards.

"I will be the first to give guys a bit of stick on the pitch and the first to buy guys a beer off it.

"That is the way to play the game over here - it is what sport is all about.

"In the heat of the battle 'Huss' wants to win the game, and that is exactly what I want to do.

"If I feel strongly that he's nicked it and not walked I will give him a bit of stick. The Aussies would be exactly the same if it was the other way around."

Having overtaken Chris Read and Geraint Jones in the pecking order for a World Cup spot after his rivals' lack of productivity, Nixon now needs a score of his own.

England will consider changes for their second meeting with New Zealand.

Essex's Ravi Bopara could replace Ed Joyce, while Monty Panesar will hope for a recall.

Australia were again indebted to Hussey as they booked their place in the final with a two-wicket victory over New Zealand in Sydney.

Hussey kept his composure with 65 not out to guide Australia past the victory target of 219 with eight balls remaining.

The fact New Zealand were able to set a competitive total was entirely down to the efforts of Craig McMillan.

With his side struggling at 136-7 it looked unlikely they would even reach 170 but McMillan opened his shoulders with a blistering assault on the Aussie attack. He clubbed his way to 89 from 87 deliveries.

The New Zealand bowlers capitalised at the start of the reply with Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden both back in the pavilion with the score on seven. …

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